>>Ex-Cowboys Running Back Robert Newhouse Dies
(Rochester, MN) -- Former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse is dead. The 64-year-old passed away Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota due to heart disease. He was picked out of Houston in the second round of the 1972 NFL draft and played 12 seasons for Tom Landry. Newhouse became the first running back to throw a touchdown in the Super Bowl when he tossed a 29-yard pass to Golden Richards in Super Bowl 12. Newhouse was inducted into the University of Houston Athletics Hall of Honor in 1977. He's also the fifth leading rusher in Cowboys history.
>>HRC Unhappy With Giants' Hiring Of Tyree
(East Rutherford, NJ) -- The Human Rights Campaign is not happy with the New York Giants' hiring of David Tyree. The pushback comes because of Tyree's past comments in which he expressed anti-gay views. Tyree was hired as the team's director of player development Tuesday. He stated in 2011 that he would trade his famous Super Bowl helmet catch if it meant homosexuals would stop being married. That same year, Tyree put out a number of tweets saying that there is no scientific evidence to support that people can be born gay and that he's met "former homosexuals."
>>Chargers Extend Danny Woodhead
(San Diego, CA) -- The San Diego Chargers are rewarding running back Danny Woodhead with a contract extension. The two sides have agreed on a new contract that runs through the 2016 season. Woodhead had one-year and 1.75-million-dollars left on his deal before the extension. The 29-year-old had a career year in 2013, catching a career-high 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 429 yards and two scores.
>>Texans' Johnson Reportedly Visits Texans' Facility
(Houston, TX) -- Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson may be getting ready to show up to training camp after all. ESPN.com reports the longest-tenured Texans player visited the team facility on Monday to learn the new offense. It's still uncertain if Johnson intends to be on hand for the start of training camp when veterans report on Friday. He skipped all voluntary and mandatory offseason workouts after voicing his displeasure in May with the prospect of returning to the Texans for another rebuilding season. Houston went just 2-and-14 last year. The Texans drafted Johnson third overall in 2003.
>>New 49ers Stadium Honored For Green Building Strategies
(Santa Clara, CA) -- The new "green" home of the 49ers is getting a high honor. Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium is the first professional football stadium in the country to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, recognizes various building strategies, including sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, and materials selection. The new stadium opens August 2nd with a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match against Seattle.
>>Browns Set Deadline To Select Starting Quarterback
(Berea, OH) -- The Cleveland Browns are setting a deadline to name their starting quarterback. First-year head coach Mike Pettine [[ PET-in ]] says he expects to make a decision between Heisman Trophy-winning rookie Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]] and veteran QB Brian Hoyer by the third game of the preseason. The Browns traded up to take Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft. Hoyer led Cleveland to two straight wins last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.